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Monday, February 23, 2015

Mnevermind 3: Life is Awesome by Jordan Castillo Price



Title: Mnevermind 3: Life is Awesome
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Release Date: February 24, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-935540-72-4
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price










 Daniel Schroeder wants nothing more than to repair his father’s broken memories, but it’s been a long time since he’s thought of himself as a memory smith. Even though convincing Big Dan of their current reality is the most painful task Daniel faces every morning, somehow life manages to prevent him from finding a cure. He needs to keep their family business running. And he needs to moonlight at a competitor’s shop to keep all his employees paid. Or maybe he’s just trying to keep himself from exacerbating the situation.

A year ago, Daniel would have presumed he was clever enough to memory smith his way out of their predicament, but nowadays he’s not so cavalier. Playing with people’s memories shouldn’t be taken lightly, and things can always get worse. Even with the help of some of the best minds in the business, Daniel still isn’t sure how to navigate his way out of the persistent false memory that’s crippled his life. Is new programming the answer? Better gear? More money? Or is time the only thing that can heal Big Dan’s memories…if they can even be fixed at all.

What Daniel needs most is some breathing room, and Elijah Crowe is eager to provide it. Since he’s smitten with Daniel, Elijah is determined to prove himself—and he’s more than qualified to clear Daniel’s schedule by taking over some duties at Adventuretech. With the support of his new boyfriend, possibilities begin to open up for Daniel, hints of things he hasn’t even realized he’d stopped hoping for: the contentment of a harmonious family, the fulfillment of his creative expression, and a chance for a relationship with a man he loves.

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Author Bio
Author and artist Jordan Castillo Price writes paranormal sci-fi thrillers colored by her time in the Midwest, from inner city Chicago, to rural small town Wisconsin, to liberal Madison. Her influences include Ouija boards, Return of the Living Dead, "light as a feather, stiff as a board," and boys in eyeliner.

Jordan is best known as the author of the PsyCop series, an unfolding tale of paranormal mystery and suspense starring Victor Bayne, a gay medium who's plagued by ghostly visitations. Also check out her new series, Mnevermind, where memories are made...one client at a time.














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Monday, February 16, 2015

Chase and Capture by Hurri Cosmo



Title: Chase And Capture
Author: Hurri Cosmo
Publisher: Amber Allure
ISBN: 978-1-61124-741-1 
Genre: M/M Contemporary 











   
Interview with Camden

Q. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
A. Wow. Can’t say I’ve actually done that yet.

Q. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A. Pizza! No, just kidding. Happiness, huh? Geez, it’s a tough question. Love, maybe? Real love? Yeah. That’s it. Love.

Q. What is your current state of mind?
A. Nervous. Can’t imagine anyone wanting to interview me. *laughs*

Q. What is your favorite occupation?
A. Oh, man. I do like driving forklifts and ATV’s for sure. So pretty much anything dealing with that. I like being outside, too. I get plenty of time outside now.

Q. What is your most treasured possession?
A. I can actually answer that one! It’s a picture of me and my grandpa. He’s dead, died a long time ago. I barely remember. But the picture is really cool because he’s just looking at me, you know? Like he really loved me. I looked like I was having a great time too. I was laughing. We were evidently fishing because we’re both holding poles but it’s just that look on his face. I wish I had gotten to know him.

Q. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
A. Gunner. Period.

Q. What is it that you most dislike?
A. Fear. I hate being afraid.

Q. What is your greatest fear?
A. *laughs* Crap. I don’t know. Maybe disappointing someone. Disappointing Gunner.

Q. Which living person do you most despise?
A. Really? No. I don’t really have someone I hate.

Q. What is your greatest regret?
A. Well, I guess it can’t be a real regret or anything but I really wished I had known my grandpa. Used to weigh on me, you know? Pretty much over it now but really wished he could have lived longer.

Q. Where would you like to live?
A.  Oh! By the ocean, I think. I mean the big lake is great but I really love the sound of the ocean.

Q. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
A. I used to hate what the company I used to work for called third quarter. It was the months of July, August and September. We got so many fucking orders and there was so much overtime. I mean, the paychecks were great after you recovered enough to actually use them. I would work ten to twelve hours days for a solid three months, no days off. Everyone would. Crazy busy and extremely exhausting.

Q. What is the quality you most like in a man?
A. *laughs* I suppose I need to keep this “g” rated, huh? Okay. So other than that, I guess gentleness. No, confidence. Yeah. Confidence. Not arrogance. I hate that.

Q. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
A. In a woman, gentleness. Well, she should be confident too. Everyone should.

Q. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
A. I get stuck. Tanner would say obsessed but I call it stuck. Especially emotions, that kind of thing.

Q. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
A. Probably arrogance like I said. Really hate the self-advertising creeps who seem to think they are better than you.

Q. What do you most value in your friends?
A. Humor. Most of them are easy going. (leans forward and whispers) They drink a lot.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. Loved the Hulk. Fucking loved the Hulk.

Q. Whose are your heroes in real life?
A. My grandpa. Mom says I idolized him. But today, I think Gunner really could be. He’s definitely toeing the line, as they say. Don’t tell the big guy that, though. I would never be able to live down saying something that cheesy. *laughs*

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It was only a game, right? An adult twist on "Capture the Flag". Very adult, actually. Especially the "flag" and where it went. In fact, the only similarity between the kid version and the adult version was you still needed to capture your opponent's flag to win. So how the hell had Camden ended up here? Oh yeah, that's right, Tanner, Camden's good buddy from college. He was not going to let Camden waste another birthday. In fact, he was hell-bent on getting Camden laid. So much so, the idiot set up this entire weekend gig. And that's where Camden found himself now; on a remote island, crashing through the woods, playing a chase and capture game, trying like hell to stay ahead of his pursuer.

But why was he the one being chased? Why was Camden the prey and that big, sexy, dark haired, muscle bound, relentless god of a man, Gunner, the hunter? It should be the other way around because it was Camden's birthday, damn it! Well, thankfully there were going to be three rounds played because it looked like Camden was going down before even reaching the first check point. Yep. Going down on all fours, flag confiscated and…well, let’s just say he would be screwed. 

So... what was the down side of losing again?

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AUTHOR BIO:
Hurri Cosmo lives in Minnesota where she holds tight to the idea that there, where it’s cold a good part of the year, she won’t age as fast. Yep, she avoids the truth as much as she avoids mirrors. But one of the reasons she loves writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a “happily ever after” and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, she doesn’t mind “real life” and she does try to at least keep it in mind when she writes her stories, but she truly loves creating a wonderful couple, knowing they will fall in love and have their HEA. Every - single - time. And, of course, that is exactly the reason she loves reading this genre, too. Give her a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and her computer, whether she is reading or writing, and she will entertain herself for hours. The fact she actually gets paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Run with the Moon by Bailey Bradford





Run with the Moon
Bailey Bradford
Totally Bound Publishing
Genre: Gay Wereshifters Series 











Every time I start a blog post, I want to write something goofy, Howdy y’all! And sometimes I do :D I’m Bailey Bradford and I’m here today to talk about a new series I have starting up over at Totallybound.com. I write gay erotic romances, and absolutely love what I do.

This new series is a post-apocalyptic shifter series titled Valen’s Pack. 
The first book is Run With the Moon, and it introduces the reader to the world as it is in the fictional future. Shifters and humans don’t have anything to do with each other, and humans are greatly outnumbered by shifters. Survival of the fittest? Well, humans just about did themselves in.

This book contains BDSM, too, and I figured, I did a Top Five on my favorite BDSM scenes to write (and that turned into a Top Six!) so I’d do a Top Five on my favorite BDSM and sex scenes to read. Heh. And here we go!

1.      Caning. Yeah I couldn’t do this from either side of it. No caning someone and no being caned. The people I’d like to take a cane to, well, it wouldn’t be done for their enjoyment, lol, and I’d likely go to jail. Or get high-fived. I don’t handle pain well—I come up swinging. It makes me angry to hurt and is in no way enjoyable. But I love reading about how it works for other people. That level of trust and honesty about what a person needs just blows me away.

2.      Bondage. All levels of it, although I’m not a huge fan of dog cages. Still, I’ve read scenes where that’s well-done and erotic. I like ropes, and cuffs, blindfold, hoods and gags. The more intense, the better. Again, there is a huge level of trust there, which is what I truly find hot about the scenes.

3.      Medical play/fetish. I in no way enjoy having a doctor poke and prod me. This is a totally different thing anyway. It’s interesting and fun to read about, but if someone waved a speculum at me and thought I’d enjoy it, nope. That in no way limits how much I like to read about other people enjoying it.

4.      Fisting. This was also on my favorite thing to write list. The whole idea of a fist in any orifice is scary. A writer turning it into an erotic act of trust and caring? And loving? That is an amazing thing to read about. I am all for well-written and sexy fisting scenes.

5.      No holds barred fucking. You know, when two or more people just can’t keep their hands off each other? Clothes are ripped, buttons ping across the floor, someone is pushed against something and fucked until they see stars? Yes. That. That’s pretty hot.

6.      And because I went to six on the last one, okay. Slow, tender, sweet love-making. Aw, it’s sweet and hot and yummy!


Tell me what you like to read! Don’t be shy, share with us here :D

Blurb for Run with the Moon:

This is book one in the Valen’s Pack series, see the full series listing here

Two species that have always kept themselves separated are about to collide and create a new world.

Valen is an alpha, born with the crescent moon mark on his chest. It means he’ll have to leave the pack he was born and raised in. It is the way of the wolf, and the only way to prevent it is to fight his father. Valen has no intention of doing such a dishonorable thing. He leaves as he’s supposed to, only to find himself the victim of thievery. When he hunts down the party responsible for stealing his belongings, Valen finds himself attracted to the human Aaron Olsen.

Now, if they can only survive their own pride and insecurities, and an attack that threatens everything they love, they just might have a chance at happiness in Valen’s Pack.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of light BDSM.

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A native Texan, Bailey spends her days spinning stories around in her head, which has contributed to more than one incident of tripping over her own feet. Evenings are reserved for pounding away at the keyboard, as are early morning hours. Sleep? Doesn't happen much. Writing is too much fun, and there are too many characters bouncing about, tapping on Bailey's brain demanding to be let out.

Caffeine and chocolate are permanent fixtures in Bailey's office and are never far from hand at any given time. Removing either of those necessities from Bailey's presence can result in what is known as A Very, Very Scary Bailey and is not advised under any circumstances.


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Chameleon by Ashe Barker



Title: Chameleon
Author: Ashe Barker
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Genre: BDSM 














The Magic of Totally Five Star

I love to travel, mainly for leisure but occasionally for business too, and there are few sights more welcome than the calm oasis of a hotel reception area at the end of a long journey. Air conditioning is a must, but also glamour, style, efficiency - all help to set the tone. It should offer a welcome that draws guests in without being over-familiar, oozing confidence and charm.

The Totally Five Star imprint takes all that is best in world class hotels and puts knobs on.

As soon as I read about the new imprint I wanted to be a part of it, and I particularly wanted to tell the Marrakesh story. I could already visualise the Marrakesh hotel. It would be traditional, true to Moroccan architecture and culture, but offering everything the discerning traveller could desire and more besides.

The guest accommodation in TFS Marrakesh is designed around the local tradition of riads. These are secluded residential villas built around a central courtyard. They offer privacy and shade, and are perfectly attuned to the Moroccan climate. 

The TFS hotel design echoes the architecture and cultural flavour of the local medinas and souks, connected by a warren of passages used by staff. Guests are assured privacy – which is of course just what Ethan and Fleur desire – whilst enjoying the absolute finest cuisine and service to be found anywhere in the world. It is a place both exotic and evocative, but sacrificing nothing in luxury and facilities.

And it does exist, more or less. I modelled my TFS Marrakesh on the real Hotel Royal Mansour which is right in the heart of Marrakesh. Here’s a snippet from Wikipedia’s entry describing this magical place.

Upon entering the great gate guests will discover the enchanting courtyard – an oasis of peace and calm. Vividly coloured and sweet scented flora and a multitude of trees and plants are laid out in geometric designs around a beautiful fountain in the centre. The perfect symmetry is reminiscent of the gardens of the Alhambra Palace in Granada and provides guests with an exquisite retreat where they can read quietly or simply lose themselves in the wonder of the environment.

Who could resist? Certainly not Ethan and Fleur. And not me either. I felt this typified what the finest hotel chain in the world should aspire to. It should drip with atmosphere, yet be ultra-modern too, the perfect backdrop for sexy, sensual story-telling.
I hope my Marrakesh slice of heaven manages to do that

Blurb for Chameleon:

A chance meeting, two strangers whose paths cross—in the same place at the same time, yet a world apart. 

When mining engineer Ethan Savage spots the cloaked, veiled woman riding a donkey in the Moroccan desert, he can be forgiven for thinking that in some respects nothing much has changed in two thousand years. She wouldn’t look out of place in Biblical times. They pass, nod, smile politely and go their separate ways, two strangers a world apart.

But when, moments later, she rescues him from his crashed car, the first words she utters make Ethan realise that appearances can be deceptive. His little Berber peasant is not what she seems.

Shifting effortlessly between her traditional roots in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains and her professional life as the Totally Five Star hotel doctor, Fleur is a human chameleon, able to adapt and blend into any environment. At first irritated then amused by the handsome stranger, Fleur knows the assumptions he’s made about her. As their paths cross once more at the luxurious hotel, she realises he, too, is not all he seems. This sexy Englishman holds the key to her most secret and sensual desires, dangerous yearnings she’s kept locked away for years. Now she has a choice to make.

Ethan is only in Marrakesh for a few days, then he’ll be gone and she’ll never see him again. No one will ever know, so surely it will do no harm? Can she pass up this opportunity? And once she’s trusted him with her body, experienced all he can offer, will she be able to return to her old life? Or will the sensual chameleon need to reinvent herself once again to fit into his world?

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About Ashe Barker:

Until 2010 I was a director of a regeneration company in Leeds, in the UK, before becoming convinced there must be more to life. So I left, and at last I’ve been able to realise my dream of writing erotic romance. I’ve been writing seriously for about two years but I’ve been an avid reader for as long as I can remember, erotic and other genres.  I love reading historical and contemporary romances in all pairings – the hotter the better. But now I have a good excuse for my guilty pleasure – research.

In my own writing I draw on settings and anecdotes from my own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to my plots and characters. My stories are often set in the north of England where I live but I draw inspiration from all over. An incident here, a chance remark there, a bizarre event or quirky character, any of these can spark a story idea. But ultimately my tales of love, challenge, resilience and compassion are the conjurings of my own lurid and smutty imagination.

On the rare occasions I’m not writing my time is divided between my role as resident taxi driver for my teenage daughter, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, tortoises.  And most recently a very grumpy cockatiel.  I’m a rural parish councillor, and I’m passionate about evolving rural traditions and values to suit twenty first century lifestyles.

My other titles include the ‘Black Combe’ trilogies, The Dark Side, Sure Mastery, The Hardest Word and A Richness of Swallows, all set in the atmospheric moorland of West Yorkshire or Cumbria and with a strong BDSM theme. The Three Rs, part of Totally Bound’s What’s Her Secret? imprint is a stand-alone novel set in Berwick in the Scottish border. I’ve also written a couple of short stories, Re-Awakening, and a raunchy pirate tale, Right of Salvage, as well as a novella, Carrot and Coriander.

I have a pile of story ideas still to work through, and keep thinking of new ones at the most unlikely moments, so you can expect to see a lot more from me.

I love to hear from readers. You can find me on my blog, and I’m on Facebook, and twitter too. And more recently on Tsu

Excerpt from Chameleon:

The space was every bit as perfect as she remembered, quite palatial, the utmost in traditional Moroccan opulence yet underscored with the most modern facilities available anywhere in the world. An iPod and mobile phone docking station had been built into the wall over the dressing table, air conditioning of course, top of the range coffeemaker, every variety of tea imaginable, minibar, room service offering everything from a portion of hand-cooked crisps to a four-course dinner for twelve. The fresh fruit came as standard, as did the flowers, which were changed daily. The Totally Five Star knew how to take care of its guests. And its consultants who happened to be friends of the CEO.

The bed dominated the room. She estimated it to be at least seven feet wide, floating on a small platform and lit from below. Cedar wood panels made up the floor, the cool surface broken by stepping stones of hand-made Berber carpets. These drew Fleur’s expert eye as she appreciated the thousands of hours of nimble-fingered artisanship that had gone into the weaving. Each carpet was unique, each as much a statement about the woman who had created it as the location it would eventually grace.

Ethan drew her into the room but not immediately to the bed. He led her instead to the deeply upholstered window seat overlooking the courtyard where they had cavorted just minutes ago. He seated her then turned to take a bottle of chilling champagne from a cooler on a low table alongside the window. He poured them each a half glass, handing one to Fleur. She accepted it, sipping the light bubbles daintily. Ethan took his place at the other end of the seat and leant forward to clink his glass against hers.

“It’s good to have you here, Fleur.”

“Yes, I know. I mean…” She shook her head, trying to get the words right. Usually her command of English was so much more sophisticated. He somehow managed to confuse her, without apparently even trying. “I mean, I am glad to be here too.”

He smiled, understanding perfectly. “No second thoughts? No regrets?”

“No. Absolutely none.” Over the rim of her champagne flute, she eyed the huge bed with a mounting degree of impatience. That was where she wanted to be, but her host seemed not to share her sense of urgency. With a resigned sigh, she knew that this was not to be a hurried encounter. She leant back, noting with amused interest how little her nudity now concerned her. His too. On the contrary, she felt oddly liberated by it. She sipped her bubbles and allowed her gaze to wander around the luxurious surroundings.

On her rounds taking care of the sick and the sunburned, Fleur had seen many of the riads that made up the guest accommodation at the Marrakesh Totally Five Star. All were different, each one unique, but all offered the ultimate in comfort and style. Even so, she thought that this must be one of the finest suites in the hotel. Hangings of pure silk adorned the walls, bright splashes of burnt orange, vibrant reds, earthy browns perfectly complementing the natural tones of wood. The soft lighting was provided by two chandeliers, one directly above the bed, the other above the dressing table and seating area. 

The illumination was controlled by a remote dimmer switch. Ethan adjusted the level until he achieved what he must consider the optimum blend of practicality and intimacy. She thought he had it just right as she glanced at her companion, his eyes glimmering a deep, dark blue in the muted illumination.

“We have a candle-lit bathroom I thought might be nice later. I’m minded to experiment with the house speciality—rose petals. How does that sound to you?”

Fleur smiled mischievously, entering into the spirit of his easy seduction. She was, after all, sold. “It sounds wonderful. I do not think I have ever had a rose-petal bath before.”

“No? Me neither. I’m sure I’d have remembered. Music?”

Fleur shrugged. “If you like. What do you have?”

“Everything, I should think.” He stood, walked across the room to the dressing table to activate the inbuilt sound system. Moments later, the soft strains of Chopin drifted from the concealed speakers. “Okay?”

Fleur nodded and sipped her remaining champagne quietly. Waiting. Patient. She set her empty flute back on the low table and turned to Ethan.
“May I kiss you?”

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Monday, February 2, 2015

All in the Details by AKM Miles





All in the Details
Author: AKM Miles
Publisher: MLR Press
Release Date: January 30, 2015












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Beau Garner meets Nash Tyler under very strange circumstances. Beau's so not the gun type. Their relationship develops over a period of time filled with one wild ride after another. Beau, with his OCD, is the owner of a successful event planning company called Details. 

Beau's fairly simple life of planning parties, showers, and so on, with his well-chosen staff, changes to nearly getting arrested, to saving a young woman, to becoming the victim of hate crimes, and then things really get beyond bizarre.

Excerpt

 “This is seriously special, Nash. I’m not kidding when I say I really love it. It takes me back to being at my grandmother’s. Was this in your family? I would love a tour. Do we have time before we eat?” Beau asked, looking around, taking in more and more things in the old kitchen that made it unique. There were pitchers and an old metal coffeepot. Some of the cabinets had glass on the front and he could see dinnerware that he knew would bring in money if Nash ever needed it.

“Sure we do, but I was kind of hoping for something else,” Nash said, closing the refrigerator door and walking right up to Beau, looking down at him.

Beau felt really short next to him when they were this close and he was trying to look into Nash’s eyes. Nash was definitely in Beau’s personal space and Beau liked it. Nash smelled good. He’d obviously showered when he got home and changed. He was wearing some kind of aftershave… Mmm, Beau had a strong urge to reach up and smooth his hand down Nash’s face. He cleared his throat as he looked up at Nash.

“Um, you were? I mean, something like, uh…?” From babbling to a loss for words. He must really be making a good impression.

“Yeah, something like this,” Nash said, reaching to pull Beau against him. He bent his head and took Beau’s mouth with his and Beau found it hard to hold in the whimper that wanted out. He opened and let Nash’s tongue in, meeting it with his. Oh, that was just delicious. Nash hadn’t been tasting as he cooked, because his mouth was fresh and clean and yummy. Beau breathed through his nose and reached up with his arms to pull himself tighter to the man who was trying to steal his last breath. Frankly, he would happily give it up if Nash kept on with what he was doing. It was a good while before Nash pulled back and Beau had a hard time letting him go.

Beau dropped his head against Nash’s chest and gulped in air. “Okay,” he managed, “that was good, really good.” His words were mumbled against the dark blue tee, and now that Nash had straightened, Beau stepped closer, plastering himself to the tall man.

“Mmm, you feel good against me.” Nash tightened his arms around Beau and rocked him from side to side.

“I wish I was taller,” Beau mumbled. He did. It would be so nice to lean in and take a kiss when he wanted it without Nash having to bend. As much as Beau liked the kisses and wanted many more, he was worried about Nash’s neck!

“Why?” Nash asked. He leaned back to look down into Beau’s face. “I like you just like you are, compact, light, and adorable.”

“Aw, that was so nice. I’ve never disliked my size before, but I had this feeling that maybe you’d get tired of leaning down all the time to kiss me. That might have been presumptuous of me, but I hope we’ll be kissing a lot more.”

“Not presumptuous at all. Good word, by the way. Don’t you worry about it, Beau. We’ll find ways to get our lips together. It’s not too much of a stretch for either of us. Even though I’m skinny as a fence post, I’m really strong. May I?”

Beau didn’t know what he was asking at first, but when he felt Nash’s hands on his waist he nodded and then his face was on the same level as Nash’s. He’d never been picked up before. He grabbed Nash’s shoulders and laughed, loving it. Wrapping his legs around Nash, Beau leaned in and pressed his mouth to Nash’s. Nash was right. They’d find ways.

Author Bio

AKM Miles loves reading the M/M genre and decided to write what she loves. You can expect there to be a happy ending every time. You can expect for the two men to find each other and choose to be together fairly early on, and then face conflicts, trials, and experiences as a couple.

Her books can be found at Torquere Press, Totally Bound, and MLR Press.She loves to throw children in the mix, along with pets and wacky and wonderful friends. Hopefully, readers will love the emotional love stories that fill her head and spill onto her computer. 

AKM loves to hear from her readers and has formed a good relationship with many who have loved her characters over the years. Feedback is very important to this author.